Entangled Publishing Celebrates Covet August Releases and Giveaway

Entangled is celebrating their August Covet releases.  Check out their new releases, and then enter the giveaways below!

Covets have all the sexiness, emotion, and happily ever after that readers have come to expect and love from Entangled. They are firmly grounded in the contemporary world, but each novel brings in supernatural twists, breaking the contemporary and paranormal rules, alike. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books you’ll be coveting next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, and LIKE their Facebook page.

Today I’m happy to be featuring Covet’s August releases!!

The Awakening: Liam by Abby Niles
The Awakening #2

Shifter, Liam Doyle knows Hell. At least he believed he did. The night he feels his mate die, he learns how very wrong he was. Nothing he’d struggled with since Ava’s rejection compares to the emptiness that fills his soul by her death. Lost in his grief, he’s taken by surprise and drugged. When he wakes, everything changes. Nothing is what it seems, and someone is dead set on making him pay.

When Ava Michaels is taken captive, she’s thrust into a dark and terrifying world along with the man she was forced to leave behind. While being near Liam again is heartbreaking, the motive behind her kidnapping is gradually revealed. The more she learns, the more she worries Liam isn’t the man she believed him to be. He has enemies willing to do anything to extract their revenge. Can their love survive a crazy man’s vengeance?

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The Demon’s Desire by Kendra Leigh Castle
Hearts of the Fallen #2

He’s as dark and dangerous as the storms he once commanded…and she can’t get him out of her heart.

Dru has spent two thousand years fighting to keep the people of Terra Noctem safe. In all that time, she’s only opened her heart to one man, with disastrous results. But when her city takes in a group of renegade Fallen, she finds herself drawn to the brooding and tormented Meresin, despite the fact that he seems to be the least redeemable of them all. When his instability hits a breaking point, Meresin’s only chance at survival is a perilous journey into a place from which few ever return. What he never expected was that confronting his demons would mean risking not only his future, but Dru’s as well…and that one stubborn vampire might give him back not just hope…but his heart.

About Abby:

Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, she’s been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys and knights. She never imagined that those years of reading would one day lead to her becoming a published author.

In her late twenties, after having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. Next thing she knew, she was actually submitting to publishing houses. And was immediately rejected. That didn’t stop her though. She found herself some kickass critique partners, honed her craft, and continued submitting.

And eventually sold a short story, then a novella, then a novel, and now a series.

Today, she juggles work, home life, and writing. It’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy?

In her downtime, which isn’t often, you can find her playing ‘Just Dance’ with her kids or trying to catch up on her never-ending to-be-read list. She also loves Zumba, and refuses to admit she looks more like Animal doing his Muppet flail than a sensual Latin dancer.

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About Kendra:

Kendra Leigh Castle was born and raised in the far and frozen reaches of Northern New York, where there was plenty of time to cultivate her love of reading thanks to the six-month-long winters. Sneaking off with selections from her mother’s vast collection of romance novels came naturally and fairly early, and a lifelong love of the Happily Ever After was born. After graduating from SUNY Oswego (where it also snowed a lot) with a teaching degree, Kendra ran off with a handsome young Navy fighter pilot and has somehow accumulated three children, three dogs, and one enormous cat during their many moves.

While stationed in a remote corner of the Nevada desert, Kendra penned her first romance, and a career often spent working in fuzzy slippers and pajamas was born. Her work has garnered both critical praise and award nominations, but the best part has been connecting with readers who share her love of dark romance (not to mention heroes with sharp, pointed teeth). Kendra currently lives in Maryland, and can usually be found curled up with her laptop and yet another cup of coffee working on her next book. She loves to hear from her readers, and can be contacted via email or her Facebook page.

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The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves–August 25th Edition


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

I had another crazy week – this time for destroying my budget.  I have been having a hard time reading because I couldn’t see, so I made a vision appointment and discovered that I needed new glasses.  I can see again!  Woohoo!!!! 

Then, the home button on my iPhone decided to get wonky, so I upgraded from my iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S4.  The first day was very frustrating because AT&T accidentally turned off my texting during the upgrade process, and I didn’t figure it out for about 4 hours.  Then I spent about 30 minutes on tech support calls with the very Chris who finally got it straightened out and to figure out why I couldn’t send MMS.  Yesterday I copied my data over using Samsung’s Smart Switch desktop app, and now I can say that I like the phone so much better than my old one!  I’m still figuring some things out, but I’m glad I switched from Apple’s iOS to Android.

Check out my current contests!  See the Contest Widget on the Sidebar to enter!

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews to share new additions to our library.  Click here to learn more about it.

New Arrivals at the Café:

Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond

A great big thanks to the publishers for their continued support!

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Giveaway! Win The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams!

Thanks to DAW, I have a copy of The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams to give to one of you!  The second book in the series, Happy Hour In Hell, hits stores in September, so enter to win the first book now so you can get caught on the Bobby Dollar series.

About the book:


Volume One of Bobby Dollar

Tad Williams

Bobby Dollar is an angel—a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own—pride, anger, even lust.
But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions. And he sure as hell doesn’t trust the achingly gorgeous Countess of Cold Hands, a mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one willing to tell him the truth.
When the souls of the recently departed start disappearing, catching both Heaven and Hell by surprise, things get bad very quickly for Bobby D. End-of-the-world bad. Beast of Revelations bad. Caught between the angry forces of Hell, the dangerous strategies of his own side, and a monstrous undead avenger that wants to rip his head off and suck out his soul, Bobby’s going to need all the friends he can get—in Heaven, on Earth, or anywhere else he can find them.
You’ve never met an angel like Bobby Dollar. And you’ve never read anything like The Dirty Streets of Heaven.
Brace yourself—the afterlife is weirder than you ever believed.



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Interview with Christine S. Feldman, Author of The Bargain

Please give a warm welcome to this morning’s special guest.  Christine S Feldman is here to chat about her recent release The Bargain.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Christine] I’m a neurotic introvert who likes to read, write, draw, and dance. I’m married to a wonderful man, I love beagles, and I’m addicted to ice cream. And M&Ms.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Bargain?

[Christine] It’s a contemporary romance, more sweet than spicy. (I think I might spontaneously combust if I ever tried to write a love scene, and my health insurance doesn’t cover that, so…) It’s sort of an ugly duckling meets beautiful swan story, and in this case, the ugly duckling is the heroine, Shannon Mahoney. She’s a socially awkward plain Jane who has been secretly pining for her boss, Drew, since they were in high school. But Drew isn’t the love interest in this story; his older brother Michael is. Michael is everything Shannon isn’t: a gorgeous heartthrob who exudes confidence. He’s also, however, deeply troubled. At first the two butt heads over Drew, but then they become unlikely allies…and then friends…and then they start to turn into something more. It’s a romance, but it’s also a story about transformation—inner more than outer.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Christine] I knew I wanted to write a story about an unlikely romance heroine, and I wanted to pair her up with someone who was her complete opposite in many ways. I prefer flawed characters to perfect ones because I think their struggles to overcome their flaws make for great stories. And quite frankly, I just thought it would be a lot of fun to have the former high school wallflower grow up to sweep the former high school heartthrob off his feet—and not because she suddenly turned gorgeous overnight, but because these two characters bring out the best in each other.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Shannon?

[Christine] Awkward, tenacious tomboy.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Michael had a theme song, what would it be?

[Christine] Hmm…maybe “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas? He is very much the wayward son, and there is something inside him that’s weary and longing for a place to rest his head—or, actually, his heart. He just doesn’t realize it at first.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Shannon is never without.

[Christine] Swiss army knife. You know, the kind with 50 little different gadgets on it from screwdrivers to bottle openers to who knows what else. Hey, she is a tomboy, and she’s awfully good with tools.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find on Michael’s bedroom?

[Christine] Stuffed animals, anything pink, and John Tesh’s Greatest Hits.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Shannon’s greatest regret?

[Christine] That she’s let her shyness hold her back.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Christine] Jennifer Crusie, LaVyrle Spencer, Neil Gaiman, Nevada Barr, Stephen King, Barbara Michaels, J.R.R. Tolkein… Authors whose stories and characters just pull you in right from the start. Whether they do it through humor or emotion or suspense, they all have a quality about their writing that just keeps me turning pages until there aren’t any left to turn. And then I go look for their next book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Christine] My laptop, my couch, and my notes and outlines. And although it’s not absolutely necessary, it’s also nice to have my dog curled up next to me.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on The Bargain?

[Christine] The biggest distraction for me whenever I write is probably the television. It’s a huge time sucker. When I’m stuck on something in a scene, it’s incredibly tempting to take a break for a while and turn on the TV, and then before I know it, a couple of hours have gone by without me having written anything. Sometimes I have to stick the remote control on the other side of the room to remove me from temptation’s path.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Christine] I just finished reading Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I enjoyed that one a lot. It had been a while since I read a book that I didn’t want to put down until I was finished, but this one had that effect on me. I love how he gives you hints of the otherworldly without coming right out and explaining every detail to you until any mystical quality about it just disappears. Plus he had me biting my nails over the safety of the narrator, and it’s not every writer that can get you so invested in a character’s well-being like that. I actually thought there were some aspects of this particular book that reminded me of the menace I always seem to feel when reading a Stephen King book, and I don’t remember feeling that way about other Gaiman books I’ve read. Anyway, I thought it was very effective.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Christine] Just one? That’s hard. My parents read to me as a child, so if I had to go back and try to pick one of my earliest favorites, I think it would be an old illustrated treasury of children’s literature. It was full of fairy tales and classic adventures, and I loved every page. When I was old enough to read things to myself, I know I loved the Narnia books a lot. Those might very well have been my favorites.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Christine] Read, of course. And I like to go out dancing with my husband occasionally. I used to take bellydance lessons, but I’m too shy to do any of it in front of anyone except my dog. I like to dabble in lots of things, actually. I even took a fencing class for one semester—but I had too much respect for the sport to continue. Turns out I’m not so graceful with swords. Well, fencing foils, anyway. Who knows, though? Maybe I’d be a natural with a broadsword and I just don’t know it yet. Renaissance fairs, here I come…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Christine] Author website – http://christinesfeldman.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ChristineSFeldman

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6934883.Christine_S_Feldman

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Purchase link:

About the book:

Tomboy Shannon Mahoney has always been a lot more comfortable with power tools than high heels or lipstick, and she wishes she could reinvent herself and finally tell her perfect boss, Drew Kingston, she has had a crush on him since high school. But she is just as tongue-tied and awkward around him now as she ever was, and long-familiar patterns are hard things from which to break free…

Ladies’ man Michael is a former bad boy looking for redemption. He is desperate to atone for past mistakes that he made with his family, but younger brother Drew has cut him out of his life and refuses to even speak to him. Which means Michael needs help getting to Drew.

And so he approaches Shannon with a proposition: If she will get Drew to agree to hear him out, Michael will mentor Shannon in how to win his brother’s heart. Suspicious of Michael’s motives, Shannon initially enters into the bargain just to make sure Michael isn’t actually in town to cause trouble for Drew, but the two unlikely allies are surprised to discover they enjoy each other’s company far more than either expected.

Shannon starts to realize that maybe love isn’t about reinventing yourself after all. It’s about finding your perfect match.


About the author:

Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and, to her great delight, she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts—and has even won a couple of them. In 2012 one of her screenplays was featured as a staged reading in New York City at the Gotham Screen International Film Festival (http://www.gsiff.com/content/staged-screenplay-reading-1), and later that same year she signed her first publishing contract for her debut novel, Coming Home, with her second one, The Bargain, out this summer. When she is not writing, she is teaching kindergarten, puttering around in her garden, ballroom dancing with her husband, or doing research for her next project. Please visit her at her website http://christinesfeldman.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChristineSFeldman.

Interview with Angie Simbert, Author of The Meme Plague and Giveaway!

Please welcome Angie Simbert to the virtual offices this morning! Angie is here to talk about The Meme Plague, and she has an awesome giveaway for you to enter, too!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Angie Simbert] Unrepentant geek who writes semi-cerebral tomboy science fiction and fantasy.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Meme Plague?

[Angie Simbert] This book picks up just as school starts, and there’s an election looming where the TFC candidate looks like a shoe-in to win. This is primarily Micah’s story, with the other main narrators being Nora and Velvet. He hears something important about his father that makes him investigate what happened back then. Meanwhile, he and the others are building something that might just thwart TFC’s plans.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Micah?

[Angie Simbert] Artistic, big-hearted, skater

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Micah had a theme song, what would it be?

[Angie Simbert] Something with a comic book theme. Maybe “Superman’s Song” by the Crash Test Dummies

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Micah is never without.

[Angie Simbert] His sketchpad.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Micah’s pocket?

[Angie Simbert] Food, money, sonic screwdriver.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most difficult aspect of writing this series?

[Angie Simbert]  The second book! When I wrote Memento Nora, I didn’t have a series in mind. Near the end of the revision / editing process of the first book, my editor scribbled a question in the margins that made me realize that there needed to be a second (and third) one. However, it took me several rewrites (including a major overhaul of the plot and the addition of new characters) to get the Forgetting Curve right.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Angie Simbert] Coffee, good chair, post-it notes

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Angie Simbert] Neil Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane. I’m really liking the Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker, but I haven’t finished it yet.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Angie Simbert] · My author site: www.angiesmibert.com

· Series website: www.mementonora.com

· Twitter: @amsmibert

· Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MementoNora

· Tumblr: http://angiesmibert.tumblr.com/

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!


Angie is proud to be partnering with Feeding America as part of the launch of THE MEME PLAGUE.  To learn more about this virtual food drive, please visit: http://help.feedingamerica.org/site/TR?pg=fund&fr_id=1140&pxfid=8980


About the book:

It begins with the name JONAS W. on the side of a cardboard coffin—right before the funeral procession blows up. Then it’s the whisper in the back of Micah’s head: Your father betrayed his country. You can’t always trust your own brain. Not when you have one of the mayor’s mandatory chips in your skull. Micah knows that the chip developed by TFC (the corporation that runs the Therapeutic Forgetting Clinics) does more than just erase unpleasant memories—it implants new ones. The MemeCast warns citizens to “fight the hack.”

Micah and his friends have each lost something—a parent, a relationship, a home, maybe even their own identities as they remembered them to be. But together, they can make sure some things are never forgotten.

Election Day is coming, and Mayor Mignon is set to be elected to Congress. It’s time to build a new electronic frontier, one that’s not controlled by the mayor and his cronies. It’s time to get out the vote and shake up the system. It’s time to finally say enough.

Buy links:

B & N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-meme-plague-angie-smibert/1115263660?ean=9781477816608

Publisher website:  http://www.apub.com/book-detail?asin=B00CEHQ484

Book Depository:  http://www.bookdepository.com/Meme-Plague-Angie-Smibert/9781477816608

Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781477816608

Book on Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14762237-the-meme-plague

Author on Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3399621.Angie_Smibert

About the author:

Angie Smibert was born in Blacksburg, a once sleepy college town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. She grew up thinking she wanted to be a veterinarian; organic chemistry had other ideas. But she always had stories in her head. Eventually, after a few degrees and a few cool jobs—including a 10-year stint at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center—she wrote some of those stories down.

She’s published many short stories, for both adults and teens. (You can read some of them on her website.)

You can also catch her blogging as part of the LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY WRITERS.

Check out her Amazon Author Central page.

THE MEME PLAGUE Giveaway Details:

Angie is giving away the following prizes during the blog tour:

  • Grand prize: (1) Kindle (courtesy of Amazon)—the basic 6” display / wifi one.

  • (1)Complete set of the series. (MN, FC, MP). Signed if in US; unsigned and delivered through Book Depository if outside US.

  • (3) Meme Plague (hard copy) plus swag.

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Love and Other Games Anthology Will Make You Swoon and Giveaway!

I love sports romances, so I’m happy to be part of the Love and Other Games cover reveal!  Get the deets below, and enter for a chance to win a gift card to the book store of your choice!
Love and Other Games is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller. It releases October 1st from Swoon Romance in all major electronic formats.
Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze
Amy Pierce, the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart, is used to being invisible. But when a friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village, Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. It’s a magical night, but an awkward next morning has her running.
Everyone knows Erik Andresen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in 2010, before an injury pulled him from the competition. He’s there for his team, but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him wondering if a gorgeous good-luck charm could give him another chance at the podium. With a little bit of luck, these two might have a shot at something worth more than gold.
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Trouble With Gold by Melinda Dozier
US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers.
Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she’s not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way. A professional performance could help her land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult.
Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?
Melinda Dozer’s: Website | Twitter | Facebook
The Girl Behind the Gold by Aria Kane
Greek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm. Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor. While her no-nonsense attitude has her well on her way to a medal, it hasn’t won her a place in fans’ hearts.
“Come back with a story that will make readers cry, or don’t come back.” This is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the Winter Games for Moment Magazine. With a wink and a smile, he can charm his way into any invite-only party, but that career-making story is nowhere to be found – until he meets Lia.
The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want – but neither would have guessed they’d also find what they need.
Aria Kane’s: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller
Colton Campbell thrives on the fast paced, adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being an Olympic hockey player. Despite Brenna Jessup’s abhorrence for the games and the athletes, she’s hand-picked as the official photographer for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career, she owes him. Too bad for her, Colton doesn’t want apologies — he wants retribution! And he knows just how to get it — and her — in the process.
Kara Leigh Miller’s: Website | Twitter | Facebook
To celebrate the cover reveal, the authors are giving away a $20 gift card to the bookstore of the winner’s choice. Check out the rafflecopter below to enter!

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Tiffany Truitt’s Back to Reading Giveaway!!

Tiffany Truitt is hosting a giveaway, and she has an excerpt to share from The Creators.  Check out the info below for all the details.


I am so excited to be stopping by today to announce my “Back to Reading,” contest. Like millions of teachers and students, I will be returning back to the classroom, and I thought this needed to be celebrated with a MAJOR book giveaway….and other fun goodies for all my fellow fans of Young Adult Literature.

What Do You Win: One lucky winner will receive copies of the following books (Only US residents need apply)-

You can win all of these!

How Do You Win: Simply stop by my website between Aug 23-26 to enter.

More Goodies: And that’s not all. Entangled Publishing and I are excited to announce that from August 23-26 books 1-2 of The Lost Souls Series (Chosen Ones and The Naturals) will be available for Kindle, Nook, and Apple for only 99 cents. That’s right. For less than a dollar, you can join the world of Tess and James before the final book in the trilogy hits store in April 2014.

Click the covers for the Amazon product pages:

Need more enticement? Below you will find an excerpt from book three, The Creators.


Somewhere, James was just as trapped as I was.

I thought of the morning when we lay with each other, curled against one another, never beginning and never ending. How we’d stayed like that till the sun began to rise.

James had reached down and pulled me off the ground. He wore a satisfied grin on his face. “Someone is mighty proud of himself,” I teased.

He laughed. It bounced through the forest, calling it awake. Readying it for the day. “I’m just insanely happy.”

I stood on the tips of my toes and kissed him gently on his scar. “I’m insanely happy too,” I whispered.

James looked down at me, and I was lost all over again. I would never tire of looking into those mismatched eyes. They didn’t make him different. They made him him. He chuckled as he reached over and pulled a leaf from my tangled hair. “They’ll know just by looking at you that we’ve been up to no good.”

            “No good?” I purred. “I thought it was very, very good.”

James growled and lifted me into the air. I wrapped my legs around his waist as he pressed his lips hungrily against mine. I moved my hands to his hair, curling my fingers into it, attaching myself to him. I never wanted to let go. Every part of me ached to be touched by him, and every part of me ached to touch him right back.

            “Do you know how much I love you?” he breathed into the base of my neck. His lips fluttered against my skin.

I nodded, kissing the top of his head. “As much as I love you.”

James slowly put my feet back on the ground. He cradled my face in his hands. “That will never change. No matter what.”

I looked deep into his eyes. “I know.” Because I did. It was one of life’s few assurances. I would always love James.

I pressed my lips once again to his scar. “I adore this scar,” I whispered, unable to hide the smile that seemed etched on my face all morning.

            “You’re enough to drive a man crazy,” he said The tremble of his voice caused my toes to curl. I wanted him again. And again. And again.

My fingers traced the waist of his pants. “Tonight?” I said, knowing full well it was a promise that I probably wouldn’t be able to keep.

James grabbed my hand and brought it to his lips. “Tonight,” he echoed.

As the sun climb higher into the sky, I knew our moment was coming to an end. James reached down and placed his hand over my heart. “Thank you,” he said.

            “For what?” I asked, my voice choked with emotion.

            “For everything.”

As the memory slipped away, I looked back up at the night sky. Praying and hoping that James knew how much I wanted to thank him too.

For everything.

Cover Shot! The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café.  I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share.  More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents.  There is an allure to a beautiful cover.  Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

The cover for Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse gets a big ole “Holy CRAP that is a gorgeous cover!” from me.  The premise looks promising, too, but, man oh man, that cover is going to be hard to live up to.    What do you think of it?

In stores March 2014



In the tradition of Kristin Cashore and Cassandra Clare comes this brilliant, unputdownable, star-crossed romance about the curse of winning.

Seventeen-year-old Kestrel is an aristocratic citizen of Valoria, a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. Here, a girl like Kestrel has two choices: join the military or get married. Despite her skills in military strategy, Kestrel’s real passion is music.Which is why she feels compelled to buy Arin, a slave with a talent for singing, at auction. It’s not long before she finds herself falling in love with Arin, and he seems to feel the same for her. But Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for Arin is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart